|Posted on February 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM|
REV Donald Scott is accused of helping killer Craig Roy bypass security by receiving mail on his behalf.
A PRISON chaplain has been suspended over claims he smuggled letters and packages to a schoolboy’s killer.
The Rev Donald Scott is accused of helping Craig Roy bypass security by receiving mail on his behalf. Roy is serving 18 years for the murder of 16-year-old Jack Frew, with whom he was having a gay relationship.
He stabbed Jack 20 times and slit his throat in woods in their home town, East Kilbride, in May 2010.
Rev Scott is chaplain at Polmont Young Offenders’ Institution in Falkirk, where Roy, 20, is being held.
Investigators raided Rev Scott’s office at the jail after a tip-off and he was suspended. He is waiting to hear if he will be sacked.
Roy is among the small congregation of prisoners at the trained counsellor’s ecumenical services and prayer meetings.
A prison insider said: “The Rev Scott tends to have a good relationship with them, offering a sympathetic ear.
“He is a trained counsellor and the prisoners see him as a figure to talk to set apart from management.
“The accusation is that his relationship with Roy went way beyond his professional remit and that Roy was telling people on the outside to send stuff in marked for Rev Donald Scott.
“It’s unclear what was in the packages but the prison has very clear and strict rules about the flow of letters and packages in and out.
“The investigation will be looking into whether or not Scott knew that any prisoner was arranging for stuff to be sent in via his office.”
Mail sent to prisoners is vetted by prison staff. Suspicious packages can be X-rayed or opened in front of the prisoner.
Roy was found guilty of murder at the High Court in Glasgow. He was sentenced last February. He had been cheating on his boyfriend with Jack, a fellow pupil at Duncanrig Secondary.
Roy is one of around 700 inmates aged 16 to 21 held at Polmont. Rev Scott, who is married with two sons, recently described inmates he had dealings with.
He said: “Amongst them were some deeply disturbed and needy individuals, who wanted to of?oad some horrendous stories of violence, abuse and misery, both committed by them and against them.”
When the Record approached Rev Scott at his Falkirk home yesterday, he said: “I am not talking.”
The Scottish Prison Service said: “We do not discuss staff members.”